Bayan Muna third nominee and peasant lawyer Joven Laura is backing up the state prosecutors’ defiance of the resolution by Department of Justice Secretary Alberto Agra to absolve the two Ampatuans from the Maguindanao Massacre.
“The State prosecutor led by Chief State Prosecutor Claro Arellano showed firmness when they challenged Agra’s decision to release Zaldy and Akmad Ampatuan. In these times of widespread injustice in our society, we all know how desperately we need people who are principled and resolute in serving justice. These state prosecutors give us hope there are still such people in this government,” Laura explained.
He also says that “We should trust the state prosecutors when they say that they have all the evidence to prove there is a case against the two Ampatuans. After openly resisting Agra, the more reason there is to let them prove their point.”
He urges Agra to listen to the people, change his decision and save his face while it’s still early.